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Chapter 5
Leaves of Absence

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Returning from a Leave

If returning from medical leave, a faculty member will be required to provide a Fitness for Duty Form (medical certification) confirming his/her ability to return to work.

If it is determined that the faculty member is unable to return to work, he/she may be eligible for Long Term Disability (LTD) if certain requirements are met and the LTD benefit was elected prior to going on leave. For more information about LTD, please visit the HR Benefits website, or contact the Human Resources Benefits Office at 617.627.3270.

If a faculty member can only return to work in a reduced capacity, he/she may be eligible for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) job accommodation. For more information about your right to job accommodation, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at 617.627.3298.

In some cases, a faculty member returning from other types of nonacademic leave may be required to provide a Fitness for Duty Form (medical certification) confirming his/her ability to return to work in his/her previous capacity. Please consult with the Nonacademic Leave Contact for clarification.

To request additional leave, please consult with the Nonacademic Leave Contact or faculty dean to discuss further options.

If a faculty member is medically released to return to work and fails either to return to work or to provide a timely and acceptable explanation, the faculty member's conduct will be treated as a voluntary resignation. If the faculty member decides not to return to Tufts following an authorized leave, the university will end the leave and employment will terminate.